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November 16, 2010

RAND PAUL CALLS PROSPECT OF SHUTDOWN 'A MISTAKE'.... Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.) chatted with a far-right news website yesterday, and surprisingly enough, rejected the notion of using a government shutdown to force the White House to give Republicans what they want.

[S]ome GOP members of Congress, as well as some of the activist conservatives elected on Nov. 2, continue to discuss a shutdown as a viable option. But Sen.-elect Paul is not among them.

In an exclusive interview Monday on Capitol Hill, the Kentucky ophthalmologist told Newsmax: "I think shutting down the government is a mistake. Nobody really wants that. That's sort of government by chaos."

To say, of course, that "nobody really wants that" isn't quite right -- plenty of current and incoming Republican lawmakers seem to be relishing the prospect of a shutdown. Indeed, none other than Rand Paul recently said he'll refuse to vote for an extension of the federal debt limit, which would both shut down the government and send the United States into default.

Still, it's a good thing when a shutdown is characterized as unreasonable and extreme -- especially by unreasonable extremists -- because it may help create an incentive for Republicans to avoid it.

Paul will not, however, necessarily be a voice of reason when it comes to budgetary issues. In the same interview, he told the far-right website that he'll push to eliminate a $1.2 trillion budget deficit in a year or two, which no sane person should consider possible.

Steve Benen 9:30 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (8)

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he'll push to eliminate a $1.2 trillion budget deficit in a year or two, which no sane person should consider possible.

Gutting a military budget north of $760 Billion + two wars in that $150-200 Billion price range would make a pretty big dent in it.

Posted by: AndThenThere'sThat on November 16, 2010 at 9:39 AM | PERMALINK

Beevis, you said "sane." Hehehehehe...

Posted by: c u n d gulag on November 16, 2010 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

Jim Bunning steps down. Rand Paul steps up. Yet, no discernible change in intelligence output.

Hard to put the word Solon and, either Bunning or Paul, in the same sentence.

Posted by: berttheclock on November 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

Not one person with one working brain cell should be surprised that republicans will say anything no matter how ridiculous it is to get elected.

Posted by: Gandalf on November 16, 2010 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

Oh, come on -- this is just more set-up so when Republicans shut down the government they can shake their heads in sorry and say "Democrats forced us to do this."

Posted by: karen marie on November 16, 2010 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

"in sorrow" -- but you kids know what I meant.

Posted by: karen marie on November 16, 2010 at 10:38 AM | PERMALINK

The republicans won't be happy till they bankrupt America. They can then fullfill their wishes to eliminate the New Deal programs. Maybe that is what it will take for America to see where thay are really coming from.

Posted by: edr on November 16, 2010 at 11:35 AM | PERMALINK

Don't worry. The self-certified Ophthalmologist is just scared that his Medicare payments will dry up during any government shut down.

Posted by: MJ on November 16, 2010 at 10:44 PM | PERMALINK
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